Democrats are stinging from defeats in recent special elections in conservative House districts, but the party has one advantage nationally — more voters want Democrats controlling Congress than Republicans in 2018, according to a new poll.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey found 50 percent of registered voters want the midterm elections to produce a Democratic-controlled Congress, while 42 percent want Republicans to retain control.
That is the largest lead either party has held on the poll question since 2013, and the first time either party reached 50 percent since 2008, CNBC reported.
Republicans maintain important advantages in other areas, the poll showed:
- By 18 percentage points, Americans prefer Republicans over Democrats for dealing with ISIS, for changing Washington, by 9 points; for dealing with the economy, by 7 points; and for handling taxes, by 4 points.
- The survey also found 40 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's job performance, while 55 percent disapprove – virtually unchanged since last month.
The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 3.27 percentage points.
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